This new pasta shape first came into existence through Pashman’s five-part series “Mission: ImPASTAble” for The Sporkful. It makes for good listening, not just because of the turmoil involved in inventing a whole new pasta, but through Pashman’s exploration of the pasta industry and culture behind the food. For example, in episode one, Pashman talks to Maureen Fant, translator of the Encyclopedia of Pasta, learning that there are over 300 different shapes of pasta and well over 1,200 different names for them “but that’s not all of them.” Fant also expresses doubt that the spaghetti that Pashman so scorns can’t fulfill his needs, if cooked properly (via The Sporkful).
Evidently, Pashman didn’t listen and, apparently succeeded. For when in the final part of “Mission: ImPASTAble” Pashman finally unveiled the new frilled, half-tube shape to guests, it received laudations from all, including chef Sohla El-Waylly, chef Jet Tila, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.